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Abused wife not a murderer

Abused wife not a murderer(Posted on 01/03/19)

In a landmark decision, Sally Challen has had her 2011 murder conviction overturned. She will now face a retrial for killing her husband with a hammer after he subjected her to forty years of control, intimidation and humiliation. Her conviction was ruled unsafe in the light of new psychiatric evidence not available at the time of her trial. She has been supported by her sons David and James and the campaign group Justice for Women. “... Read more...


Unmaking a Murderer

Unmaking a Murderer(Posted on 28/02/19)

Wisconsin salvage yard owner and star of Netflix’s Making a Murderer, Steven Avery has won the right to appeal his 2007 conviction of the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005. On February 13th, his lawyer Kathleen Zellner filed a motion to appeal, claiming that bones discovered on the Avery property as well as in the Manitowoc County Quarry were returned to the victim’s family and never tested for DNA. Zellner... Read more...


Stand Against Injustice

Stand Against Injustice(Posted on 19/02/19)

Barry George was wrongfully convicted of the 1999 murder of TV presenter Jill Dando and spent eight years in prison before his conviction was quashed. His sister Michelle Diskin Bates has written a memoir of the toll the case has taken on her family. "The healing of damaged relationships is difficult to achieve after a miscarriage of justice. People have been hurt, words have been spoken that cannot be taken back. Trust will have... Read more...


Referring cases of wrongful conviction ‘not the be-all-and-end-all’, says CCRC

By on 14/02/19

The new chair of the miscarriage of justice watchdog has said that sending cases back to the Court of Appeal was ‘not be the be-all-and-end-all’. Helen Pitcher OBE made her comments after the publication of a review of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) recommended that it should focus on the most serious cases, dropping investigations into summary convictions and sentence-only cases. Read more...


Brexit Threat to Justice

Brexit Threat to Justice(Posted on 11/02/19)

Deputy assistant commissioner Richard Martin has warned that the loss of EU tools and databases will allow criminal suspects to abscond and make it harder to extradite foreign nationals. Police officers will spend valuable time negotiating the red tape of outdated conventions rather than being on the streets, costing forces at least £20m extra a year. “Criminals are entrepreneurs of crime and I’m sure they’re looking at... Read more...